Review: Adina Holistics Cranberry Grapefruit with Goji

Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.

In my last review, I looked at Adina Holistics Mango Orange with Chamomile. Continuing in this line of drinks that combines tea, fruit flavor, and herbal extracts, such as Jade Green Tea and Coconut Guava, today I look at Adina Holistics Cranberry Grapefruit with Goji.

Adina Holistics Herbal Elixir Cranberry Grapefruit with Goji

As I previously mentioned, these drinks come in an attractive 14 oz bottle, and I love the oversize bottle opening, which allows a stream of flavor to burst forth on one’s tongue. Overkill on the metaphor? Yeah, I think so too, but that said, it is a great perk.

Moving onward to the ingredients, this variety provides a plethora of herbal benefits, 533 mg to be exact (as opposed to the 369 mg in the Orange Mango). All organic, this flavor includes: American Ginseng Root Extract, Gotu Kola Extract, Astragalus Root Extract, White Tea Extract, Tulsi Leaf Extract, and Eleuthero Root Extract. One might gather from this list that the primary purpose of the drink seems to focus on both energy and bodily immunity. The bottle contains 110 Calories, and 26 grams of sugar, with negligible sodium.

The actual ingredient list is as follows, with asterisked items denoted as fair trade certified, which may appeal to those with particular social consciousness. Additionally, this variety is both USDA Certified Organic and gluten free. And if you needed to work on your Latin, this ingredient list also supports that function:

Organic Brewed Tea (Water, Organic White Tea Extract*), Organic Sugar*, Natural Grapefruit Cranberry Goji Flavor with other Natural Flavors, Organic Purple Carrot Juice Concentrate (Color), Citric Acid, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, DL-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinol Palmitate (Source of Vitamin A), Organic American Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius) Root Extractives, Organic Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) Extractives, Organic Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extractives, Organic Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) Leaf Extractives, Organic Eleutherococcus Senticosus Root Extractives

Now, for the actual drink: I see a bit of sediment as I did in my previous review, so I recommend shaking the bottle to be on the safe side. When I open the bottle I see a dark pink liquid, kind of the color of a dark raspberry lemonade. The smell is also that of a robust raspberry lemonade, which has me very excited about actually tasting the beverage. I can only assume it is the grapefruit and that the color is giving me the impression of this potential taste.

As I actually taste it, I am struck by the fruity flavor and the distinct presence of the organic sugar. It is fairly clean and tastes somewhat like a flavored lemonade, but has the slightly bitter aftertaste of grapefruit and what I assume is the herbal concoction. Upon further review, the long term aftertaste must be the herbals. The liquid is very fluid in consistency, with the fruity-herbal mix that I’m finding in both the Adina drinks I’ve tasted. Again, the aftertaste is distinctly apparent, but the initial flavor of the drink could almost pass for a pink lemonade. As with the orange mango, it is a fairly refreshing taste, but in this case there is a divide between initial flavor and aftertaste.

Last time there was a saying inside the cap, but this time it is just an Adina monkey head that says “Show me the monkey.” This is a cute addition to the overall experience.

As I stated in my last review, overall I love the presentation and the ingredients. The taste of the cranberry grapefruit is more mainstream than that of the orange mango, and I would view that as a positive, as I believe a wider audience would enjoy this beverage.

This flavor might go well with some foods, but the aftertaste is the make or break factor in deciding with what to combine this drink food-wise. The presence of the flavor of the herbal extracts in the drink will both attract some to this flavor and keep others away. I am fairly happy with it overall and to my personal taste, I think it is better than the mango orange. However, I must admit, the aftertaste keeps the decision whether to drink the cranberry grapefruit in the realm of health benefits first, taste second.

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Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Adina for Life